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Written evidence from National Green Specification & Green Building Encyclopaedia


Green Building Encyclopaedia

Brian Murphy ONC HNC Construction, BSc PGDip Architecture (Hons+Dist)

Architectural Technician and Architect by training, Specification writer by choice, Environmentalist by action, Educator by calling, Website author and editor by necessity, Number cruncher by urgency.

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To what extent have the Climate Change Committee’s recommendations on decarbonising the structural fabric of new homes been met?

How can materials be employed to reduce the carbon impact of new buildings, including efficient heating and cooling, and which materials are most effective at reducing embodied carbon?

Single Property Top Trumps:

Materials Choice for Low carbon Building

Low carbon materials for low energy heating and cooling of buildings

Moisture Mass & Thermal Mass for low energy heating and cooling of buildings

What role can nature-based materials play in achieving the Government’s net zero (carbon) ambition?

What role can the planning system, permitted development and building regulations play in delivering a sustainable built environment?

How can these policies incentivise developers to use low carbon materials and sustainable design?

What methods account for embodied carbon in buildings and how can this be consistently monitored and applied across the sector?




Should the embodied carbon impact of alternative building materials take into account the carbon cost of manufacture and delivery to site, enabling customers to assess the relative impact of imported versus domestically sourced materials?

How well is green and blue infrastructure being incorporated into building design and developments to achieve climate resilience and other benefits?

How should we take into account the use of materials to minimise carbon footprint, such as use of water harvesting from the roof, grey water circulation, separate foul and surface water drainage systems, porous surfaces for hard-standing, energy generation systems such as solar panels?

How should re-use and refurbishment of buildings be balanced with new developments?

What can the Government do to incentivise more repair, maintenance and retrofit of existing buildings?



April 2021